are you smarter than a 4th grader?

>> Wednesday, January 28, 2009

i am not so sure that i am. i'll let you decide.

now one thing that i am anal about is spelling...i am like the spelling bee. (this does NOT mean that i don't make typos-i do. even more with having chemobrain. and if i let one slip and don't catch it til after i hit "submit", a mini-anxiety attack occurs.)

punctuation? grammar? i fail miserably at both. and now i'm wondering if vocabulary isn't yet another of one of my weak points.

kelley who is in 4th grade has not been applying herself in school the way she should. this year she is a program that is not exactly gifted-but is supposed to be more challenging. she's a smart girl and we think it's kind of a big deal. last year she even won an award for having the best scores on the standardized testing they do. not that we worry so much about that-but she did win a nice savings bond.

needless to say, we are not exactly thrilled with her slacking in school. and you can imagine the utter shock and disgust on my face when she started failing her SPELLING tests! i just can not have this. she doesn't bring home spelling word lists and says that the teacher only wants them to study the words in class. now i'm not the sharpest tool in the shed, but no i don't believe it for a second. and i call her on it.

so she says to me "spelling tests are such drudgery". huh? i'm going to throw myself out there and tell you that i wasn't quite sure what the word drudgery meant. i could have guessed, but instead looked it up on the online dictionary. (which meant that i actually knew how to SPELL the word-cause i'm the bee and all).

and then i asked miss kelley big-brain if SHE could spell drudgery. and HA! she couldn't. no more spelling test games around here...she knows she best come home with THE list tomorrow or i will get it myself.

i'm thinking it wouldn't hurt for me to play a little more of the "free rice" game that i have on my blog.

and incase you don't know what the word drudgery means, here ya go:

drudg⋅er⋅y   menial, distasteful, dull, or hard work.


Stephanie January 28, 2009 at 8:08 PM  

LOL, Sounds like Maddie! Gotta love 'em!

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